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Top 5 Violin Recordings of All Time

Violinists: Recordings and Performances: What are your personal top 5 faves of all time?

From Giancarlo L
Posted October 23, 2008 at 03:22 AM

What are your personal top 3-5 ultimate violin recordings of ALL TIME?

From Stephen Brivati
Posted on October 23, 2008 at 04:02 AM
I suppose its time to do this again. Its getting more and mor eproblematic as tme goes by;)

1) Milstein -Goldmark or Beethoven.
2) Enescu- Unaccompanied Bach.
3) Young Menuhin- Virtuoso works.
4) Szigeti Brahms Concerto (1956)
5) Grumiaux- Mozart Violin Concertos.


From Charles C
Posted on October 23, 2008 at 07:21 AM
From Martin Mcclean
Posted on October 23, 2008 at 09:46 AM
1 Milstein: Bach sonatas and Partitas
2 Milstein: Bach sonatas and Partitas
3 Milstein: Bach sonatas and Partitas
4 Milstein: Bach sonatas and Partitas
5 Milstein: Bach sonatas and Partitas
From Marina Fragoulis
Posted on October 23, 2008 at 12:33 PM
Jaap Schroder - Bach Sonatas and Partitas

Guiliano Carmignola - anything Vivaldi, especially the Four Seasons.

David Nadien - Glazunov Concerto (if you haven't heard it then you just don't know. It almost makes me like the darned piece)

Milstein - Bach Sonatas & Partitas out of respect for how much I used to love this recording until I found Jaap.

From Sander Marcus
Posted on October 24, 2008 at 01:04 AM
1. Beethoven Violin Concerto (Francescatti, Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra, studio recording, one take, 1950).
2. Paganini Violin Concerto #2, Menuhin, Fistoulari, Philharmonia (1955?)
3. Bartok Violin Concerto #2, Gitlis, Horenstein (1955?)
4. Bach Sonatas & Partitas, Grumiaux (sorry guys, I still like the Grumiaux).
5. Elgar Violin Concerto, Heifetz (great, great, great, great, passionate, exciting, and WARM performance)

PS. This is the 5th response. And today is October 23rd. And 2+3 is 5.

What's so magical about 5. I can add dozens more great recorded performances I can't seem to do without. What I don't have is the time to listen to them all.

From Jay Azneer
Posted on October 24, 2008 at 12:42 AM
Beethoven Concerto--Oistrakh, Ehrling
Tschikowsky Concerto--Oistrakh, Kondrashin--1948
Paganini Concerto #1-- Menuhin, Fistoulari
Ysaye Ballade--Enescu
Ysaye Ballade--Oistrakh
From Kevin Jang
Posted on October 24, 2008 at 05:20 PM
in no order -

1. Heifetz - Scottish Fantasy
2. Milstein - Goldmark Concerto
3. Milstein - Bach S&P
4. Perlman Beethoven with C.M. Guilini
5. Rabin - Paganini 24 Caprices

"honorable mention" - early Menuhin recordings
Francescatti - Beethoven and Paganini concerti
Gingold - Songs without Words

From Marc Villeneuve
Posted on October 24, 2008 at 03:52 PM
1 Ginette Neveu Sibelius Violin concerto
2 Kreisler Rupp the complete Beethoven violin piano sonatas.
3 James Ehnes Elgar violin Concerto
4 Hilary Hahn Shoenberg violin concerto
5 Kreisler The early version of the Beethoven violin concerto with the Berlin symphonie
From Scott Hawthorn
Posted on October 26, 2008 at 03:48 PM
1. The Brahms - Grumiaux w/Concertgebuow (search v.com, I have posted it). His other, more well-known recording of the Brahms? Fuhgeddaboudit!
2. The Bruch Gm - Milstein w/Barbirolli
3. The Tchaikovsky - Oistrakh - can't remember which version, I wore it out!
4. The Barber - Robert Gerle (unobtanium?)
5. Devil's Trill - Erica Morini
6. Anything with extra prunes
From carlos majlis
Posted on October 26, 2008 at 04:53 PM
Goldmark VC Milstein-Blech
Dvorak v.c.Milstein-Dorati
Khatchaturian v.c.DFO-Khat. (early recording)
Franck v.s.DFO-Oborin
Any Kreisler's piece by Kreisler
From Scott Hawthorn
Posted on October 26, 2008 at 05:41 PM
What's a DFO?
From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on October 26, 2008 at 06:22 PM
DFO means David Fedorovich Oistrakh, in other words, David Oistrakh.


From Daniel Orenstein
Posted on October 26, 2008 at 08:40 PM
Bruch scottish fantasy: Heifetz (first recording, with Susskind)

Lalo symphonie espagnole: Huberman

Rimsky: song of Sadko, transcribed and played by Kreisler.

Beethoven violin concerto: Milstein, Maazel (and Menuhin Furtwängler, live, Berlin P.O.)

Mozart Violin sonatas: Grumiaux with Haskil.

And many more...

Now you could also say:

Milstein: he made the violin sing

Szigeti: he made the violin think

The guy on the left (Titanic): he made the violin sink...

From Stephen Brivati
Posted on October 27, 2008 at 05:08 AM
here is the new version for this week.

ASMs recording of the Googlefruitpie concerto.
Heifetz- Castornoodle Tabasco concerto.
Szigeti- Prokofiev concerto no1.
Slowmo Mints- Paginini Caprices.
Podgy- Bach Accompanied Sonatas.


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